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Devil's ChasmGlobe, AZ
Globe, AZ
Hiking avatar Mar 28 2004
rwstorm
Hiking3.90 Miles 2,489 AEG
Hiking3.90 Miles
2,489 ft AEG
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My first trip to the cliff dwelling. I had heard about the cliff dwellings along Cherry Creek over the years, but it took buying the book "Hiking Ruins Seldom Seen" to really get me fired up to check them out. I had driven up to the place where you start the hike previously, but this was the day to finally attempt it. I talked a gal I was interested in to join me for this adventure. I left Tucson and Renee Maricopa, met at Florence Junction, and headed up in my truck. One of the reasons we chose that day was because a mutual hiking friend of ours, Deb Moyer, was up in the area as part of a University of Arizona field trip led by Richard C. Lange (not free, I think Deb had to pay more than $100 to participate). This was a couple years before the release of his detailed book on the area. We thought maybe we would surprise her out in the middle of nowhere and say hello.

Having never been there before we relied on the rudimentary map provided in the book. It turned out to be quite the adventure. When we got to the first waterfall, I was hesitant on going further, but Renee helped me through that spot. :scared: Next was the second waterfall which we carefully scaled on the left, as it was pretty dry in there. I had no idea where the ruin was, and just after we leveled out a bit past the second waterfall, it looked like a faint track took off up the cliff to the right. Knowing it was on that side of the canyon, we climbed up about 400 feet to the top of the ridge between the two forks of the drainage. Nothing there to be seen, so we dropped back down to the bottom and continued working our way up canyon. At times we would pick up the route. Finally when things began to close in to a tangle of vegetation and huge boulders, we broke out of the bottom and up along the insanely steep cliff face to the right. After slipping, sliding, and clawing our way up (and grabbing branches, roots, and whatever we could) we spotted it! Wow, talk about awesome. :o The first thought that came to me was, "What were these guys so afraid of that they choose this spot?"

After exploring the ruin, we headed back to the truck. This truly was a short, tough, amazing adventure (sort of like out of an Indiana Jones movie set). We didn't run into Deb and crew, but today I wanted to to drive the rest of the way up FR203 all the way to Board Tree Saddle where it joined back up with AZ288. We spotted the UofA van parked where the trail to go to Pueblo Canyon ruin takes off. We surprised Deb and chatted a bit. They had camped there and gone to Pueblo ruin the day before, but weren't going to make it to Devils Chasm this trip. I told her Renee and I had just gone there, and thus was hatched a plan for a fall car camp/hike with SAHC.

We said goodbye and headed northbound to Board Tree. We figured we wouldn't run into Deb's group again, but we passed them later in the day near dark north of Globe, where they were pulled over due to a flat tire. They had things under control, so we headed to Globe for some gas and food, before going home. It was a very memorable day indeed! :D
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